Randall S. Abate

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

Randall S. Abate joined the Florida A&M College of Law faculty in 2009 and serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law. He teaches courses in domestic and international environmental law, constitutional law, and animal law. Professor Abate has 22 years of full-time law teaching experience at six U.S. law schools. He received a Faculty Fellowship from the Sustainability Institute at Florida A&M University for the 2016-2017 academic year. Professor Abate has taught international and comparative law courses on environmental and animal law topics in Argentina, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. In 2016, Professor Abate delivered invited lectures on climate justice and animal law topics at several of the top law schools in the world including Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Sydney.

Professor Abate has published and presented widely on environmental law topics, with a recent emphasis on climate change law and justice. His articles on climate change law and justice have appeared in several leading law reviews including the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Connecticut Law Review, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, Washington Law Review, William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Ottawa Law Review, Fordham Environmental Law Review, and UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. He is the editor of Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges (ELI Press 2016), What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? (ELI Press 2015), Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives (Oxford University Press 2015) and co-editor of Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies (Edward Elgar 2013). Early in his career, Professor Abate handled environmental law matters at two law firms in Manhattan. He holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a J.D. and M.S.E.L. (Environmental Law and Policy) from Vermont Law School.

Office Hours:

Dean’s Suite.  Drop by or schedule an appointment.  

Assistant:

Sharon Shelton
Office: (407) 254 3201
Email: sharon.shelton@famu.edu

Courses taught by Professor Abate:

  • Animal Law and Policy Seminar
  • Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law
  • Climate Change Law and Justice
  • Religion and the Constitution

2017

  • Professor Randall Abate published an article, From Inside the Cage to Outside the Box: Natural Resources as a Platform for Nonhuman Animal Personhood in the U.S. and Australia. He co-authored the article with Professor Jonathan Crowe of Bond University Faculty of Law in Australia. The article is available here  The article was published in a special issue on “Talking Animals, Law, and Philosophy” in the peer-edited Global Journal of Animal Law. This special issue also featured contributions from scholars from the University of Cambridge and the University of Leicester.
  • Professor Abate delivered two presentations on animal law and policy at the University of Cambridge in Fall 2016 as part of the lecture series, “Talking Animals, Law and Philosophy,” which served as the foundation for this special issue of the journal. Details are available here: https://www.talkinganimals.co.uk/
  • Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “Animal Law and Environmental Law: Parallels and Synergies,” to 60 attorneys at the Florida Bar Animal Law Section’s CLE Seminar, “Animal Law in Florida,” on June 23. The CLE Seminar was part of the 2017 Florida Bar Annual Convention in Boca Raton. Click here to see the agenda.
  • Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections,” to approximately 40 faculty and students at FAMU’s School of the Environment on March 28, 2017. The presentation was a required component of the Faculty Fellowship that he received for the 2016-2017 academic year from FAMU’s Sustainability Institute.  

    The Faculty Fellowship program is described here:  http://www.famunews.com/2016/08/famus-sustainability-institute-introduces-fellowship-to-advance-faculty-research/

  • Professor Abate served as the moderator and a speaker on the panel, “Climate Justice: Examining Recent Developments,” on March 10, 2017 at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. The audience included more than 120 registered participants in the live and webinar formats of  the session, including participants from several states in the U.S. and from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Kenya, South Africa, and the U.K.  Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “Atmospheric Trust Litigation in the United States: Pipe Dream or Pipeline to Justice for Future Generations?”  He was joined on the panel by three of the contributing authors from his recently published climate justice book.  The link for the event is available here: https://www.eli.org/events/climate-justice-examining-recent-developments

    Later that afternoon, Professor Abate delivered another presentation, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections” to eight environmental attorneys in the air pollution practice group of Beveridge & Diamond, which is one of the top firms in the nation for environmental law. http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/environmental-law

  • Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law?” at the 8th Annual Animal Law Conference in Chicago on March 3, 2017. The conference was sponsored by the Animal Law Section of the Illinois Bar Association. 

    The conference agenda is available here:  https://www.isba.org/cle/coursematerials/2017/03/03/animal

  • Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections” to approximately 30 faculty and students at the University of Central Florida on February 23. The event was the inaugural lecture of the FAMU Law-UCF Legal Scholars Lecture Series. The poster for the event is attached.

    FAMU Law & UCF Legal Scholars Series Flyer

  • Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “From Inside the Cage to Outside the Box: Theories for Enhanced Legal Personhood Protections for Animals in the U.S. and Australia,” to approximately 20 faculty and students at Florida State College of Law on Thursday, February 9, 2017. The lecture was hosted by Florida State’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter.  The event poster is attached.

    Abate – FSU SALDF Lecture – Feb. ’17

  • Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections” to 30 faculty and students at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami on January 19. The event was hosted by the Environmental Law Society.  Photos from the event are attached and the event page appears in the link below. 

    https://www.facebook.com/events/361900004188953/

    STU Lecture picture 1 STU Lecture picture 2

2016

  • Professor Abate’s latest book, Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges, is the #1 Hot New Release in Environmental and Natural Resources Law on the Amazon Best Sellers List (see attached).  The 24-chapter edited volume, which is his fourth book in the past four years, will be released on December 23, 2016. 

    Professor Abate also contributed a chapter to the book, Atmospheric Trust Litigation in the United States: Pipe Dream or Pipeline to Justice for Future Generations? (see attached)

    The Environmental Law Institute Press webpage for the book is available here: 

    https://www.eli.org/eli-press-books/climate-justice-case-studies-global-and-regional-governance-challenges

  • Professor Abate served as the moderator for the panel, “Climate Justice: U.S. and International Perspectives,” at a climate change conference at the World Bank in Washington, DC on December 5, 2016.  The conference, “Law, Climate Change and Development,” featured more than 1300 attendees and 250 speakers from several countries.  

    The conference website is available here:  https://eventmobi.com/ljdweek2016/

  • Professor Abate served as a visiting scholar at the University of Tasmania Law School in Hobart, Australia from November 22-29, 2016.  He delivered four presentations during his visit. On November 25, Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “Ocean Iron Fertilization and Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Food: Leveraging International and Domestic Law Protections to Enhance Access to Salmon in the  Pacific Northwest,” to 35 interdisciplinary attendees at the Symposium on Marine Geoengineering: Directions for Science and Governance After the Paris Agreement (see attached photo). The symposium featured presentations from legal and scientific experts from the University of Tasmania and four other universities and governmental bodies in Australia.

    On November 28, Professor Abate delivered a faculty lecture series presentation to 20 faculty and Ph.D. students on “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections” 

    On November 29, Professor Abate delivered two video recorded lectures for use in courses at the University of Tasmania  Law School next semester on indigenous peoples law and climate change law and policy.  The first lecture was, “Introduction to Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples,” and the second lecture was, “Atmospheric Trust Litigation in the United States: Pipe Dream or Pipeline to Justice for Future Generations?”

    During his visit, Professor Abate had several meetings with the dean, faculty members who teach in the environmental law program, and Ph.D. students in climate change and ocean law to discuss possible opportunities for future collaboration.

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  • Professor Abate was interviewed for two episodes of the program, “Law Matters,” on Cambridge TV during his visit to the University of Cambridge Law School on October 11-13, 2016. The program features interviews of legal experts to explore current legal issues of social relevance. The two episodes recently aired in the U.K. The first episode addresses animal rights and the relationship between animal law and environmental law. The second episode addresses climate refugees. The links for the episodes appear below.

    Animal Rights

    http://www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/law-matters-ep21/

    Climate Refugees

    http://www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/law-matter-ep-23-climate-change-refugees/

  • Professor Abate served as a visiting scholar at Bond University Law School in Gold Coast, Australia from November 16-21, 2016.

    Professor Abate delivered three presentations on November 17.  In the morning, he delivered “From Inside the Cage to Outside the Box:  Theories for Enhanced Legal Personhood Protection for Animals in the U.S. and Australia” to a group of 15 students and faculty. Professor Abate is co-authoring an article on this comparative animal law topic with a professor at Bond.  In the afternoon, he delivered, “Strategies to Advance Your Scholarly Agenda” to a small and engaged group of junior faculty. In the evening, he delivered the Twilight Seminar Series Lecture to 30 faculty, students, and members of the community on “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections.” 

    The Twilight Seminar event page is available here:  https://bond.edu.au/event/48553/faculty-law-twilight-seminar-plight-climate-refugees.

    On November 21, Professor Abate delivered a lecture, “Atmospheric Trust Litigation in the United States: Pipe Dream or Pipeline to Justice for Future Generations?,” to a small and engaged group of faculty. During his visit, he had several meetings with the dean, faculty members, student leaders, and Bond alumni environmental attorneys who teach environmental law to discuss possible opportunities for future collaboration. 

    Bond University’s website is available here: https://bond.edu.au/

    bond-campus

  • Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “Incorporating Public Morality Considerations to Build Consensus for a Global Ban on Shark Finning,” as part of an animal and wildlife law forum at the University of Sydney Law School on November 15, 2016.  The forum featured four other leading animal and wildlife law scholars from three law schools in Australia, and a keynote speaker from the University of Munich (see attached photos).

    The description of the forum is available here:

    http://sydney.edu.au/news/law/457.html?eventcategoryid=36&eventid=11476

    The University of Sydney is the #2 ranked law school in Australia and the #11 ranked law school in the world:

    http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2016/law-legal-studies#sorting=rank+region=+country=+faculty=+stars=false+search=

    usydney-lecture   usydney-speakers

  • Professor Abate served as a visiting scholar at the University of the South Pacific in Port Vila, Vanuatu from November 9-11, 2016. On November 11, he delivered a lecture, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections,” to approximately 25 law professors, law students, and climate science and policy professionals from the community (see attached poster and photo). During his visit, he also participated in meetings with law faculty, a Fulbright Scholar from the U.S., and officials from the Ministry of Climate Change to discuss climate change and human rights issues and proposed solutions for Vanuatu.

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    vanuatu-ministry-of-climate-change

  • Professor Abate was the keynote speaker at a conference, Environmental Law and Animal Law: Building Collaboration, at Yale Law School on November 5.  He delivered his presentation, “Animal Law and Environmental Law: Parallels and Synergies,” to approximately 75 law professors, attorneys, and law students from throughout the nation.  

    The conference website is available here:  

    http://www.cvent.com/events/animal-law-and-environmental-law-building-collaborations/agenda-052958e9f48b48bc96864976d3a104ed.aspx

  • Professor Abate taught a one-credit course, Climate Justice: U.S. and International Law Perspectives, at American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from October 24-28, 2016. In addition to teaching the climate justice course, he also delivered a lecture, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections,” to the American University of Central Asia faculty on October 25, 2016.

    Founded in 1993, the American University of Central Asia offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many fields of study through a partnership with Bard College in the United States. Professor Abate taught his climate justice course to 25 undergraduate and graduate students in the international and business law program at the school.  The students appear with Professor Abate in the attached photo.   

    The university’s website is available here: https://www.auca.kg/en/auca_at_a_glance/.

    auca-climate-justice-class-picture-jpg

  • Professor Abate delivered three lectures at the University of Cambridge on October 11-13. The first two lectures addressed topics in animal law.  The first lecture, “Animal Law and Environmental Law: Parallels and Synergies,” was held on October 11 as the first lecture in the Fall 2016 series, Animals, Law and Philosophy.  His second lecture, “From Inside the Cage to Outside the Box: Theories for Enhanced Legal Personhood Protection for Animals in the U.S. and Australia,” was held on October 12 as the second lecture in that series (see attached photo). The poster for the lecture series is available here:  http://www.lml.law.cam.ac.uk/documents/animals-law-philosophy

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  • Professor Abate delivered a third lecture, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections,” to 40 interdisciplinary attendees at Cambridge on October 13 as the first lecture in a seminar series hosted by the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance. The seminar series poster is available here:  http://www.ceenrg.landecon.cam.ac.uk/images/ceenrg-seminars-2016mt

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    Professor Abate also delivered “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections,” to 60 interdisciplinary attendees at the University of Warwick on October 14, 

    http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/researchcentres/celpa/news

  • Professor Abate taught a one-credit course, Climate Justice: U.S. and International Law Perspectives, in Stetson’s Autumn in London study abroad program from September 26-Oct. 7.  Four students from FAMU are enrolled in Stetson’s London program this semester and they completed Professor Abate’s course. The students appear with Professor Abate in the attached photo.

    stetson-london-famu-students-in-climate-justice-course
    In addition to teaching the climate justice course, Professor Abate also delivered two lectures at universities in London and led a discussion at a law firm.

    His first lecture, “Animal Law and Environmental Law: Parallels and Synergies,” was held at Imperial College on September 22. The lecture was sponsored by Sentience Politics, an animal rights think tank based in Switzerland.

    https://sentience-politics.org/animal-law-and-environmental-law-parallels-and-synergies/

    He delivered a second lecture, “The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections,” at City University Law School on October 5.

    http://www.city.ac.uk/events/2016/october/the-plight-of-climate-refugees-rising-seas,-melting-ice,-and-inadequate-legal-protections

    He also was invited to a meeting of the London Climate Change Litigation Group, which was held at the London office of the Hausfeld Law Firm, http://www.hausfeld.com/. During the meeting, climate change and human rights attorneys sought Professor Abate’s input on possible strategies for atmospheric trust and other common law climate justice cases in the U.K. to compel government action on climate change mitigation.

  • Professor Abate served as a visiting scholar at the University of Birmingham Law School (U.K.) from September 14-20, 2016. On September 15, he delivered a lecture to the faculty based on his recently published article on ocean iron fertilization and Pacific Northwest indigenous peoples’ right to access salmon.  During his visit, he also participated in several meetings with three environmental law professors and the dean of the law school (also an environmental law scholar) on climate change issues and possible future collaboration.

    On September 19, Professor Abate delivered a lecture on climate refugees to the first year law students (known in the U.K. as “the freshers”).  More than 100 students attended this optional lecture.  The event poster and a photo from this lecture are attached.

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    Birmingham Climate Refugees Lecture Sept. 16, 2016

  • Professor Abate delivered a lecture on climate refugees to more than 60 attendees at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan on September 8, 2016. The abstract for his lecture appears below.  The lecture was jointly sponsored by the New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis and oikos NYC, a student organization that promotes sustainability in economics and management.  

    A blog post discussing Professor Abate’s lecture is available here: 

    http://www.newschooljournal.com/distributing-the-costs-of-climate-change/

    The Plight of Climate Refugees: Rising Seas, Melting Ice, and Inadequate Legal Protections 

    The Prime Minister of Tuvalu aptly described the threat of sea-level rise and the impending inundation of his island nation as a “slow and insidious form of terrorism against us.” From the Arctic to the Indian Ocean to the South Pacific, Tuvalu is one of many vulnerable nations and communities that faces the threat of imminent relocation due to climate change impacts. These populations must confront either the threat of “internal displacement” (such as indigenous communities in Alaska that must relocate to another area within Alaska to remain safe) or the threat of “transboundary displacement” (such as Pacific Island nations that must relocate their citizens to another country to remain safe). Regardless of the type of displacement at issue, one reality is disturbingly clear: existing legal protections do not address the plight of climate refugees. This presentation analyzes how international environmental law, international human rights law, and U.S. domestic law fail to protect these vulnerable and marginalized populations and proposes possible solutions to protect climate refugees.

  • Professor Abate’s article, Ocean Iron Fertilization and Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Food: Leveraging International and Domestic Law Protections to Enhance Access to Salmon in the Pacific Northwest, was published in the Spring 2016 issue of the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs.  Within the past year, Professor Abate has been invited to deliver presentations on this article in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Switzerland, and the U.K.  The article is available here:  http://commons.law.famu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1203&context=faculty-research.

  • Professor Abate served as a Scholar-in-Residence in Global Environmental Constitutionalism at Widener University Delaware Law School from August 29-31, 2016.  During his visit, Professor Abate delivered four lectures to faculty and students on climate refugees, atmospheric trust litigation, parallels and synergies between animal law and environmental law, and the importance of administrative law for law students and environmental lawyers. Other invited participants in this program within the past year were leading environmental law scholars from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, South Africa, and several law schools in the United States including the University of North Carolina, Pace, and William & Mary.

  • Professor Abate was selected as one of five professors university-wide to receive a FAMU Sustainability Institute Faculty Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. The fellowship awards are designed to support faculty who are making outstanding research, teaching, or service contributions to the university and beyond in the area of sustainability.  A news release describing this year’s fellowship recipients is available here:  http://famunews.com/2016/08/famus-sustainability-institute-introduces-fellowship-to-advance-faculty-research/.

  • Professor Abate published Banning Metal Mining in Guatemala in the Spring 2016 issue of the Vermont Law Review.  Co-authored with Professor Raquel Aldana, the article is based on research that began when Professors Abate and Aldana joined several other legal scholars from the U.S. and Canada in a week-long trip to investigate environmental and human rights issues in Guatemala in July 2015. The article appeared in a symposium issue of the Vermont Law Review titled, “Habitat for Human Rights: Environmental Degradation and Human Rights.” 

    The article is available here:

    http://lawreview.vermontlaw.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/40VtLRev597-Aldana-Abate.pdf 

  • Professor Abate was invited to serve as a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Ontario from July 18-21.  CIGI is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance.  Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, advances policy debate, and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements through an active agenda of research, events, and publications.  

    In addition to collaborating with several international environmental law colleagues at CIGI on issues related to climate change governance, Professor Abate delivered two presentations during his visit. The first presentation was a “lunch and learn” lecture on atmospheric trust litigation on Tuesday, July 19.  The description of his presentation is available here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cigi-lunch-and-learn-series-atmospheric-trust-litigation-in-the-us-registration-26430932631  A photo of the presentation is attached.

    After his lunch presentation, CIGI interviewed Professor Abate on the issue of atmospheric trust litigation.  The transcription of the interview is available here: https://www.cigionline.org/articles/atmospheric-trust-litigation-potential-tool-search-climate-justice-united-states

    The second presentation was a conference panel presentation on Wednesday, July 20 at a CIGI-sponsored conference, International Environmental Governance and Innovation: Current Challenges and Future Directions. Professor Abate presented on ocean iron fertilization and indigenous peoples’ right to access salmon in the Pacific Northwest.  He was on a panel that included speakers from the University of Cambridge, the University of Montreal, and Otsuma Women’s University (Japan). The conference agenda is attached.

  • Professor Abate delivered a presentation, “Atmospheric Trust Litigation in the United States: Pipe Dream or Pipeline to Justice for Future Generations?” at the 14th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law at the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway on June 22, 2016.  The Colloquium featured presentations from 320 environmental law scholars and practitioners from six continents.  The program is available here:  http://iucnael2016.no/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Final-Programme-23.06.pdf.

  • Professor Abate taught an intensive course module, Animal Law and Environmental Law: Parallels and Synergies, in the Master’s degree program in Animal Law and Society at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona) on June 16 and 17. The program featured visiting scholars in animal law from U.S. law schools including Lewis & Clark, Pace, and Michigan State, and animal law practitioners from prominent nongovernmental organizations including Humane Society International and the Nonhuman Rights Project. Students in the program were lawyers and nonlegal professionals from Spain, Finland, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, the U.K., Ireland, Chile, Bulgaria, and Italy.

  • Professor Abate served as a judge in the International Final Rounds of the International Environmental Moot Court Competition held at Stetson University College of Law on April 15.  The competition featured the top teams from regional rounds held earlier in the year in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia, India, Ireland, Latin America, and North America.

  • Professor Abate was invited to participate as an expert on climate change and indigenous peoples as part of the Indigenous Peoples’ Center for Documentation, Research and Information’s (Docip’s ) delegation to the 15th UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at UN Headquarters in New York. Docip has offices in Geneva and Brussels and it works to promote human rights protections for indigenous peoples throughout the world. On May 9 and 18, Professor Abate worked with Docip to participate in meetings with representatives from states, tribes, and nongovernmental organizations regarding the need for enhanced human rights protections for indigenous peoples to respond to the impacts of climate change.  The UNPFII involved more than 1000 participants from dozens of nations. 

    https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/unpfii-sessions-2/unpfii-fifteenth-session.html

  • Professor Abate delivered a lecture, “Climate Justice: Politics, Law, and Displacement,” in a Political Ecology Seminar at the University of Central Florida on Thursday, April 28.

  • Professor Abate served as a judge in the International Final Rounds of the International Environmental Moot Court Competition held at Stetson University College of Law on April 15.  The competition featured the top teams from regional rounds held earlier in the year in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia, India, Ireland, Latin America, and North America.

  • Professor Randall Abate delivered invited presentations at four law schools in the U.K. from March 4-9.  First, Professor Abate delivered climate justice lectures at Oxford (March 4), the University of Birmingham (March 7), and the University of the West of England – Bristol (March 9).  Please see the links below and the attached information for the lecture descriptions.

    Oxford  

    https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/events/atmospheric-justice-litigation-united-states-pipe-dream-or-pipeline-justice-future

    University of the West of England – Bristol 

    http://info.uwe.ac.uk/events/event.aspx?id=18890

    Professor Abate also delivered a presentation at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on March 8, which addressed ocean iron fertilization and Pacific Northwest indigenous peoples’ right to access salmon.   https://www.facebook.com/events/1140426329314818/

    Within the past month, Professor Abate has delivered invited presentations at four of the top ten law schools in the world:  Harvard (#1), Oxford (#3), Yale (#4), and the University of Melbourne (#8).

    http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2015/law-legal-studies

  • Professor Randall Abate had the transcript of his November 16, 2015 book launch panel at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.  published as the lead article in the Environmental Law Reporter (Mar. 2016 issue).  Professor Abate assembled and moderated this panel, Animal Law and Environmental Law: Exploring the Connections and Synergies, and edited the transcript of the panel discussion for publication.  

    The transcript can be accessed here: https://www.academia.edu/22861385/Animal_Law_and_Environmental_Law_Exploring_the_Connections_and_Synergies

  • Professor Randall Abate delivered an invited presentation at Yale Law School on February 27 at the Sixth Annual New Directions in Environmental Law Conference.  The conference convened 420 attendees from six continents.  Professor Abate presented on his recently published book, What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? on a panel titled, “Coordinating Animal Law and Environmental Law.” The panel included two other leaders in animal law and environmental law:  Jonathan Lovvorn, Esq., Vice President and Chief Counsel of the Humane Society of the United States, and Paul Waldau, Professor of Anthrozoology at Canisius College, both of whom have taught Animal Law at Harvard Law School.  

    The conference website is available here

    http://www.cvent.com/events/new-directions-in-environmental-law-conference-yela-/event-summary-7e4e1697d5f94d8fb5e4532d1556ddd6.aspx

    The list of speakers is available here

    http://www.cvent.com/events/new-directions-in-environmental-law-conference-yela-/speakers-7e4e1697d5f94d8fb5e4532d1556ddd6.aspx

  • Professor Abate delivered nine invited presentations in six cities throughout Australia from February 1-12.

    Professor Abate delivered four keynote lectures as part of a national panel series featuring his book, What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? (Eli Press 2015).  The panel series was sponsored by the Animal Law Institute in Australia. These panels were held at Bond University (Gold Coast), Macquarie University (Sydney), the University of Melbourne, and the University of Tasmania (Hobart), http://www.ali.org.au/events/2016/2/5/what-can-animal-law-learn-from-environmental-law-a-national-panel-series

    Professor Abate also delivered two book talks and two presentations advocating for a global ban on shark finning at the University of Wollongong on February 1 and the University of Western Australia (Perth) on February 2-3, http://lha.uow.edu.au/law/news-events/UOW208956.html

    Professor Abate delivered an invited presentation at a workshop on Freshwater and Saltwater Governance for Indigenous Peoples at the University of Tasmania on February 11-12

  • Professor Randall Abate had four of his students: two recent graduates and two current students, get their articles from his Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law Seminar in Spring 2015 published in prestigious law journals. 

2015

  • Professor Randall Abate delivered invited presentations on work-in-progress papers at two international environmental law conferences in September.  Professor Abate was a panelist on Sept. 9 at the 13th Annual IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium held at Atma Jaya University in Jakarta, Indonesia. The colloquium’s theme was forest and marine biodiversity and it featured 275 speakers and attendees from 30 nations. Professor Abate’s presentation, Ocean Iron Fertilization and Indigenous Peoples Right to Food: Leveraging International and Domestic Law Protections to Promote Access to Salmon in the Pacific Northwest, was based on a work-in-progress paper that will be published in the Fall 2015 issue of the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. His travel for this speaking engagement was funded by a faculty travel grant from the main campus.  The colloquium program is available here: http://iucnael2015.fh.atmajaya.ac.id/?page_id=388
  • Professor Abate also was an invited speaker at an environmental human rights symposium at Vermont Law School on Sept. 25.  The symposium featured leading scholars and practitioners addressing topics at the intersection of environmental and human rights law.  His presentation, A Proposal to Ban Metal Mining in Guatemala: Responding to Environmental, Health, Social, and Human Rights Impacts, was based on a work-in-progress paper that will be published in the Spring 2016 symposium issue of the Vermont Law Review.  The symposium website is available here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/habitat-for-human-rights-environmental-degradation-and-human-rights-tickets-18081330747.  Professor Abate is co-authoring this paper with Prof. Raquel Aldana of Pacific McGeorge School of Law. The article is based on field research that Professor Abate conducted with Professor Aldana and several other scholars from the U.S. and Latin America during a self-funded trip to Guatemala in June.
  • Professor Randall Abate was interviewed as a distinguished alumnus of Vermont Law School in the “Alumni Spotlight” column of the Vermont Law School alumni magazine.  The story is available here: http://connect.vermontlaw.edu/news/alumni-spotlight-abate
  • Professor Abate also was interviewed as a guest on the radio show, “All My Children Wear Fur Coats,” hosted by animal law attorney Peggy Hoyt.  The radio show addresses current issues in animal law and policy. The interview focused on Professor Abate’s new book, What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? (ELI Press 2015).  The interview is available here: http://natureschannel.fm/episode/randal-abate-discusses-animal-and-environmental-law/.
  • Professor Randall Abate consistent support of his students’ writing efforts in his seminars have garnered accolades and publishing opportunities for FAMU College of Law students.

  • Professor Randall Abate delivered a presentation, “Incorporating Public Morality Considerations to Build Consensus for a Global Ban on Shark Finning,” at a conference in Washington, DC on November 13.  The conference,  International Law and Wildlife Well-Being: Moving from Theory to Action, was held at George Washington University Law School. The conference website is available here: http://www.law.gwu.edu/News/2014_15_Events/Pages/International-Law-and-Wildlife-Wellbeing.aspx

    Professor Abate also served as a moderator for a panel discussion at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC on November 16.  The panel, Animal Law and Environmental Law: Exploring the Connections and Synergies, featured three distinguished contributing authors from Professor Abate’s book, What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law?  The event served as the official launch for this book, which was published by Environmental Law Institute Press in late August,. A description of the event is available here:  http://www.eli.org/events/animal-law-and-environmental-law-exploring-connections-and-synergies.

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  • Ocean Iron Fertilization: Science, Law and Uncertainty, in Climate Change Geo-engineering:  Philosophical Perspectives, Legal Issues, and Governance Frameworks (Cambridge University Press 2013)

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